I bought a pair of brand new XLC PD-C03 pedals and noticed that the factory must have installed the bearing very tightly. While I still can turn the axle by hand, it takes a fair bit of force and I can feel some intense internal crunching.
Now I'm wondering if the factory was just incompetent and I should adjust the bearings, or if this was maybe done intentionally and is meant to take some time to "wear in". Any advice?
Update: I just loosened the preload to an amount where the pedal, when slightly slapped in the vice, does about 1 full rotation. Thanks to a clever washer between the cone nut and the counter nut that blocked rotation, adjusting was much less annoying than I had expected.
I will mount them on my bicycle now and keep an eye on the bearing play, and if too much play develops too quickly I will give another update here.